Legal news from Saturday, December 6, 2008
13:12 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] sought to prohibit government censorship of prisoners' testimony about alleged torture and abuse at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] in a motion [text, PDF] filed Friday in military commission proceedings against five "high value detainees" [JURIST news archive] accused of involvement [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Kenyan government on Friday published a bill calling for a constitutional amendment allowing the replacement of the controversial Electoral Commission of Kenya [official website] which oversaw the re-election of President Mwai Kibaki [official profile] in December 2007, leading to massive demonstrations and more than 1,000 deaths. Justice Minister [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Russian President Dmitry Medvedev [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] Friday signed into law legislation authorizing the creation of a DNA database for convicted criminals, according to reports. Under the law, passed by the State Duma [Kommersant report] on November 19 and approved by the Council of Federation on November [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] has indicted five Blackwater USA [corporate website; JURIST news archive] guards involved in the September 2007 killings of 17 Iraqi civilians [JURIST report], according to reports. The Associated Press reported that sealed indictments [AP report] were issued Thursday, and will remain [read more]

06:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] on Friday ruled [opinion, PDF; ACLU press release] that an Egyptian Christian who could face torture in Egypt [JURIST news archive] may challenge his deportation from the United States. Sameh Khouzam [ACLU materials; JURIST news archive] fled to [read more]

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